The CoffeePledge Against Cancer's CoffeeWeek, running September 5–11, pours out coffee for inspiration and fuel during a week of anticancer fundraising. Social media spurs coffee pledgers along on their journey, coordinating tweets, pics, check-ins, and donations on interactive digital displays manned by the many-tentacled CoffeeWeek HQ. Portions of all Phoenix proceeds during the week fly directly to cancer treatments at the Phoenix Children's Hospital, powering the struggle against the disease.
Though it’s only been open less than five years, Dearing Acting Studio has already prepared some of its students for roles on TV shows such as House, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy. Much of the studio’s success hails from its staff of working actors, who lead students of all ages and experience levels toward their individual goal, whether that be performing in a Broadway play, starring in a commercial, or conducting a family meeting entirely in Shakespearean verse.
In 1957, 21 men who cared deeply about their Italian heritage as well as their community in Phoenix came together to found the Arizona American Italian Club. Today, the club continues to be a resource for Italian Americans and their neighbors living in the area. Along with housing a lounge and Italian eatery, the club hosts bingo and bocce games, as well as events such as fashion shows, Italian car shows, wine tastings, and spaghetti nights. Each month, club members sponsor a different charity and rain cloud, furthering their support and investment in the Phoenix community.
Reeves Photography specializes in weddings, with publications such as People and Arizona Weddings taking note of their crisp, classic, and artful style. Owners Cindy and Lee Reeves also shoot engagement sessions as well as family and children’s portraits, and teach photography classes where they pass on their experience and passion for the art form.
If you see a group of pilgrims or zombies wandering your streets, you can take comfort in the fact that it's probably not a reenactment of the American Civil War. It's likely one of Ryfle Events' scavenger hunts, which sends costumed participants on a race that fuses physical challenges, clue solving, and urban exploration. Race planners award cash prizes to the winners, who can compete in a championship round at the end of the year.